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charlie stewart Premieres His Soothing EP ‘music therapy’

Like a deliciously lo-fi musical memoir, charlie stewart’s ‘music therapy’ explores and searches for catharsis and personal redemption.



charlie stewart, photo by Christopher McCurchin
charlie stewart, photo by Christopher McCurchin

Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist charlie stewart introduces his brand-new EP, music therapy. It’s a blend of electric and acoustic elements of R&B, house music, indie, and alt-rock into a wonderfully charming lo-fi/bedroom sound.

A bassist since middle school, charlie has poured his heart and soul into music therapy. The EP was written while undergoing mental health treatment for bipolar disorder and substance abuse. These two topics run through the EP.

charlie shares:

“My hope with sharing this album is to express my feelings and hopefully have others who deal with similar issues find solace and catharsis in the music. Men’s mental health especially is something I think is stigmatized, and I want to have an open conversation about it through my work.”

His influences are diverse. They include Alex G., Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, The Strokes, and even hyper-pop legend SOPHIE. He also shares a creative bond with his sibling Theo Stewart, known artistically as Beatrice Blink, who has impacted him in myriad ways.

Utilizing simple equipment – a Shure SM58 mic, DI guitar, and VST synths and drums— music therapy is not only authentic but also remarkably imaginative.

Comprising eight tracks, entry points include “stupid fucking man,” an amalgamation of hyper pop with hints of trap, resulting in a percolating, shimmering tune topped by stewart’s delicious, breathy vocals.

A personal favourite because of its low-slung bossa nova-laced rhythm, “nighttime in bushwick” reveals a brooding melancholy as the lyrics lament botched relationships and missed opportunities.

With its experimental shoegaze sensation, “song about a girl” eddies and roils on layers of chaotic textures, exposing a tumult of introspective emotions. Tinted with psychedelic tones, “feeling lonely” mirrors the drifting, wavering atmosphere incurred in isolated loneliness.

Like a deliciously lo-fi musical memoir, music therapy explores and searches for catharsis and, ultimately, personal redemption.

charlie stewart ‘music therapy’ EP album artwork

charlie stewart ‘music therapy’ EP album artwork